SAD LOSS: Lionel Bowler just wants his stolen tools back.
SAD LOSS: Lionel Bowler just wants his stolen tools back. Renee Pilcher

Trusting tradie now just wants his tools back

LIONEL Bowler does not quite know which way to turn, but he is hoping for the best from anyone who manages to locate his stolen tools.

Mr Bowler was buying lunch upstairs from his parking spot in the Cullinane's Plaza car park when an opportunistic thief stole a double Bosch toolbox out of the back of his utility vehicle.

The box contained his precious tools of trade, a drill and grinder and assorted bits and cutting and grinding disks.

"They also took five or six batteries.

"It's tough enough in the building trade already," he said yesterday.

He is hopeful someone may have seen the theft, which occurred during the 20 minutes he was getting his lunch.

"I was probably a bit careless this time.

"I normally would have taken them out of the back, locked up on the front seat.

"But I thought, I won't be away long.

"I don't have the serial numbers and I don't have insurance.

"I've never had anything stolen before," he said.

The good news is the thief or thieves seem to have been interrupted, because another tool box containing another drill and screw guns had been shifted, but left behind.

He is hoping that some honest person might be able to get hold of the tools and take them to their nearest police station.

Mr Bowler says he doesn't want to know anything about the incident or even who might have been involved in the theft.

"I don't have any serial numbers to pass on to the police. I just want my tools back," he said.

Gympie Times


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